Wednesday, January 26, 2011


God is still blowing us away with his provision. You would think we'd be used to it by now, but every day he continues to remind us how awesome he is. As Brenda was preparing to walk out the door to mail off our visa applications for the trip to China, a dear friend came into her office with a shower gift. In the card was a financial gift that matched the amount we have to pay today. God's time is always perfect. He knows exactly what we need and the moment we need it. Not just with financial needs, but with emotional, spiritual, and physical needs as well. The outpouring of love from our church, our family, and our community has been humbling. As we were reminded at Camp Kaotik, God is GINORMOUS!

Your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! (Matthew 6:8)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Encouraging News

Yesterday was a day full of good stuff! We received the letter from the US Department of State we've been waiting on for the past week AND we received notice that we have been approved for a $2,000 matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans / Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Ministry. This weekend our friends from Camp Kaotik included our adoption costs in the camp offering. God continues to provide for the financial needs we are facing. We still have a long way to go, but we know that God is doing something bigger than us. Please begin praying for Katie's adjustment to her new life. We will be taking her from everything she knows. Pray that we will be able to help her through her grieving period and help her experience joy in her new forever family. If you feel led to provide financial assistance toward our matching grant, you may send it to:

Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40 / 202 N. Ford St
Gridley, IL 61744

Please include the following in the memo section of your check: preference Longley / #1742 adoption.

*Note: In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor's suggested use.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Brenda and I attended our travel meeting this week! Lots of information to sift through, but it feels like we are getting closer and closer to bringing Katie home. Thanks to the ladies in Brenda's Friday morning Bible study group, Katie will have a crib to sleep in when we finally get her home. When I walk past her room it seems too empty. Still, the adoption is beginning to feel very real.

This weekend we'll get to spend time worshiping with some dear friends at Camp Kaotik. Keith Coast, Brent Weber, and Jagee Melton are amazing people with hearts for helping kids worship and grow in their relationship with God. I can't wait to attend camp with them next year and introduce them to Katie Joy!